In the United States, women are paid only 79 cents on the dollar when compared with men, who are doing the same job. But you might think that the gender melts away when we move to digital platforms through the Internet, right? That’s not the case. A recent study showed that there is a gender pay gap on eBay, where women earn less than men even when they are selling the same product with same quality.
How much less? If we compare the sales of brand-new items, women make on average about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.
It is no easy task to prove this gender pay gap, but eBay opened its doors for researchers. The ones to gain access were Tamar Kricheli-Katz, a sociologist and Tali Regev, an economist. They studied the data of auctions from 2009 to 2012, comparing the earnings of men and women, after identifying male and female sellers. The comparison was done by taking into account the same products from both the genders.
It was found that women who sold new products in its original packaging earned 80 cents for every dollar a man earned for the very same product sold at the same price. While for a second-hand item, the gap was very less – women earned 3% less than men when it comes to selling second-hand products on eBay. The researchers stated that “People might trust women more with the used products as compared to men because they think women provide a detailed description of the product.”
The study also showed that women earned more than men while selling baby products or toys for pets. So, buyers tend to consider the gender of the seller on the basis of the product. Considering such buying behavior, should women earn more while selling handbags, while men should earn more when selling a set of golf clubs?
The answer to that question… will be sold to the highest bidder.